A Chief Inspector William Sifuna who is in charge of maintaining law and order in Maralal, Samburu County in Kenya has chosen to fight crime in another way.
The Police chief now invokes the power of God to curb crimes and used the Bible as his ammunition, according to faithwire So, the man who is colloquially known as “the preaching policeman,” decided to employ a Biblically-based tactic when confronting suspects — he would instruct them to return what they stole to the rightful owner, request forgiveness from the person and swear never to steal again.
But God did not disappoint him with an immediate tremendous results. Where the criminals have promised to be law abiding citizens. Which he requested that they should put together a long-term plan detailing how exactly they will stay out of trouble in the future.
He however made it known that for the wonder work of fighting crime effectively to continue, faith is needed; “To tackle crime, we need God,” he explained to The Standard. “We cannot do this by ourselves. We need God’s intervention in everything that we are doing as the police force.”
According to faithwire The police chief is also relentlessly dishing out second chances to the many lawbreakers who work the streets of the crime-ridden town. As Christians, he said, we must hold true to the notion that absolutely everyone deserves a second chance, no matter what they’ve done.
“Before I lock them up, I take an opportunity to preach to them or counsel them,” he said. “And when they step out of the cold cells, most of them confess and turn away from crime.”
The Police chief is also a preacher at Elshadai Restoration Ministries and also an accredited mediator approved by High Court.
He said that Noting that he enforces the law in a rather “interactive manner,” with a simple strategy, “I listen to their side of the story, counsel them and mediate on petty cases.”
Mediation, he said, is a wonderful way of keeping someone from being unnecessarily incarcerated, which reduces the strain on prison services. The chief added that sometimes, this will involve “bringing in the family,” for a session, but that “as long as a solution is reached and the offender does not return to the cells,” it is worth the effort.
Chief Inspector William Sifuna oversees operations at an orphanage and also provide shelter for abused children.
He said; “Most of the children, especially those who were defiled, were not safe at all to go back to the same places where the offenses happened, and I thought for those who the court felt were not safe could be provided with an alternative place as the case proceeded.”
A pastor at Elshadia Restoration ministries called a him “a whole new definition of a police officer.”
That he certainly is! God bless this man and his vital work.